The first post I wrote for my blog Wave to Mummy was two and a bit years ago. It has been a great ride. I've met some fun people, worked with some interesting companies, and learned so so so much about social media, SEO, and other internet content creation strategy thingymagickies I feel I could do it for a career. I suppose it is always good to have an alternative skillset, even if you are well established in your career. You never know!
If I am honest, I often feel like I just don't have enough the time to do all that blogging malarkey very well. I work fulltime, and commuting to work takes another couple of hours a day, Monday to Friday. At the end of the day I am spent and can't form legible sentences to save my life. In the morning I want nothing more than those few more (tens of) minutes of snoozing. Weekends are pretty full on trying to catch up and have fun and meet friends and all. I do have a swanky new phone now though which will be useful for blog post drafting whenever I am not pretending to be a sardine in a smelly shaking tin can (read that as commuting in the rush hour tube).
So, while I would love to blog more I find it difficult to find the time. And if you do blog, you know that it takes tons and tons of time. It all adds up. I have so many ideas, and so many things I want to write about. And tons of video material I want to edit. I've tried my hand at vlogging and I loved it and I loved the creative side of editing and would love to learn more about it.
I am not sure what I want the third year of my blog to bring. I am planning a proper refresh of this blog, so in the next couple of months I am hoping to have a prettier and more professional looking blog platform. Watch this space, I've already started my discussions with a designer!
I want to learn more about photography, improve both my skills and upgrade my equipment, perhaps get some new lenses. I have loads of photography books bought but still currently unread. I have, or would like to think I have a decent eye for composition, but I'd love to learn more about picture dynamics and design aspects like colour and movement. I'd like to finally start using my camera on a manual mode, as opposed to semi-manual, and I would love to get a new portrait lense.
I also want to improve those pesky rankings I really haven't had much time to dedicate to - a bit more readers, a bit more social media followers and a bit higher rankings across the board. My current combined social media follower numbers are around 3,000, and my blog ranks usually somewhere amongst the top 250-500 parenting blogs as according to Tots100. Altogether I have published 209 posts, this being the 210th.
Blogging has been fun. Some of the blogging highlights I've had last year have included being selected as one of Butlin's blogger ambassadors. I haven't gone on a holiday with them yet though! I was also selected as Trunki ambassador, a company I absolutely loved when I first saw them on Dragons Den.
I have also developed some long term partnerships, such as with Tidy Books, and collaborated with Tidy Books twice and most likely soon a third time. Not to mention all the other great companies I have worked with like Huggies (on potty training expert tips) or Wayfair (on decorating our daughters bedroom according to Montessori principles). There has been some great partnerships, but also fabulous events, like being treated to a performance by a prima ballerina at an event for Boots No7 Lift & Luminate range launch, or hobnobbing with Towie stars (ha ha I know) while encountering animals.
It has been a great ride and I have really enjoyed blogging. If only i could find time to do more of it!
And P.S. the pictures are from my daughter's second birthday... Not a blog cake although I do feel my blog would deserve one!
What do you guys think of blogging?